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Applications Closed

Thank you to all who applied to participate in National Breath of Life 2017!  The application window is now closed.  If you have any questions, please contact

2017 Applications Available!

Applications for the 2017 National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages are now being accepted!  The workshop is being held in Washington, D.C., from May 29 thru June 9, 2017.

Visit the Community Researchers & Linguistic Partners page to learn more, or go right to the Apply page!

Applications are due by November 1, 2016Please contact the Myaamia Center at with any questions.

Press Release: 2017 NSF Award

“The Myaamia Center at Miami University has been awarded a $182,406 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the “National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages” project.”

“The funding is part of the Documenting Endangered Languages program, a joint effort between the NSF and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which is designed to support projects that protect and preserve endangered languages.”

Concluding National Breath of Life 2015!

2015 National Breath of Life. Photo by Judith Andrews, Recovering Voices.

2015 National Breath of Life. Photo by Judith Andrews, Recovering Voices, Smithsonian Institution.

The Breath of Life Archival Institute in Washington D.C. wraps up two weeks of research and archival visits.  A big thank to all of the Community Researchers, their Linguistic Partners and all of the staff, partners, volunteers, and archivists for making this year’s program successful.
Breath of Life 2015 is supported by the Documenting Endangered Languages Program (NSF Award No. 1360675), along with the Smithsonian Institution, Myaamia Center at Miami University, National Endowment for the Humanities, Recovering Voices, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, National Museum of Natural History, National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of the American Indian, and Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

The Breath of Life training model was developed by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, which has run the Breath of Life Language Workshop for California Indians since 1995.

We look forward to 2017 for the next National Breath of Life!